World Cup 2019: Match 2, WI vs PAK Today's Predicted Playing 11 & Key Players for Pakistan

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Modified 31 May 2019, 11:38 IST

Pakistan will play their first match of the World Cup against Windies
Pakistan will play their first match of the World Cup against Windies

The fans will witness a clash between the two most unpredictable teams when Pakistan will collide with the Windies at Trent Bridge. The Windies had a tough route to the ICC World Cup as they had to play the Qualifiers in 2018 to qualify for the event. On the other hand, Pakistan have lost their mojo after they overcame all odds to lift the Champions Trophy in 2017.

Both the teams are known to have multiple game changers in their line-ups. Talking about the Men in Green, here's how Sarfraz Ahmed's team could look like.

Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman will open the innings for Pakistan as the left-handed pair complements each other very well. Even in the warm-up match against Afghanistan, they helped Pakistan get off to a good start.

The team's best batsman, Babar Azam will play at no.3 while the experienced trio of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed will form the batting order's core.

Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan will handle the spin-bowling department while the responsibility of troubling the Windies batsmen with pace will be on the shoulders of Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir.

Key Players for Pakistan

Batsmen - Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq

Australia v Pakistan - 5th ODI
Australia v Pakistan - 5th ODI

Babar Azam is perhaps the most consistent batsman in the entire Pakistan match squad but he will need the support of Imam-ul-Haq in the middle to form a solid foundation.

Given that Pakistan have experienced finishers in their line-up who can seal the deal, the onus will be on Azam and Imam to provide solidity at the top.

Bowlers - Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan

South Africa v Pakistan - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
South Africa v Pakistan - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz had a nice outing against Afghanistan in the warm-ups. Thus, he will be a key part of the bowling line-up. And the only leg-spinner in the Pakistan match squad, Shadab Khan will try to trouble the Windies batsmen with his spin and variations. Watch out for these two!

Predicted Playing XI

Imam-ul-Haq , Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & W), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir

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Published 31 May 2019, 07:30 IST
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